22 October 2014

Alleged Abuse Prompted Josie Tallado to Hide

Josie Tallado
Last 19 October 2014, authorities launched a massive search for Josefina “Josie” Tallado, wife of Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado and her female aide, Darlene Francisco.

The operation conducted by a combine force of military and police personnel was prompted after the black Toyota Fortuner that Mrs. Tallado and her aide last used was found abandoned in Lupi town. The vehicle, registered under the governor's name, still had its engine running, with headlights on, doors open and showed evidence of attempts to burn the vehicle.

Three days later, Ms. Tallado reappeared and said that she and her friend left because of threats to harm her.

Accompanied by lawyer Lorna Kapunan, Ms. Tallado told ANC's Headstart program she felt she was not safe at their home anymore. The threats, Mrs Tallado said, was because the governor had accused her of uploading a photo of his alleged mistress on Facebook.

"Umalis ako ng bahay namin dahil alam kong hindi na ako safe sa aming tahanan," she said. (I left our home because I don't feel safe there anymore.)

She claims the governor had verbally threatened her because of the photo upload, and that she felt there have been unknown people trying to enter their home in the past weeks. It is not clear if she has evidence to support this claims.

She also said their 27-year-old son knows about the marital problem.


Extra Precaution on Cruise Ship Pools

Cruise Ship Swimming Pool
If you and your family are planning to go on one of those holiday trips aboard a luxury cruise ships, then you better know one important thing about their swimming pools. Not all pools are being watched by lifeguards and if you decide to swim on one of those pools, then you do so at your own risk.

This as the lesson learned the hard way by a family who just lost a young boy and another one who almost lost their loved one after they drowned on one of those swimming pools.

A 4-year-old boy died and a 6-year-old boy was revived and taken to a North Carolina hospital after both were pulled from a pool off the American coast on 4 February 2014, according to officials who offered few additional details.

Norwegian said on its Facebook page that the ship's emergency medical team responded to a report that the children were unresponsive on its pool deck and quickly administered CPR.

"After extensive efforts, the younger child could not be revived," the Facebook post said. "We extend our deepest sympathies to the family during this extremely difficult time and are providing full assistance and support."

It was unclear whether the boys were related. The survivor was flown to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern with his grandmother and a nurse from the ship. The boy was later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Hospital spokeswoman Chris Mackey said Tuesday that the boy's parents did not want the boy's condition shared with the public.

Norwegian Breakaway, an 18-deck ship with a capacity of 4,000 passengers, is one of the cruise line's newest ships and has a New York City theme with a colorful mural on the exterior hull designed by pop artist Peter Max featuring images of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. The vessel's year-round home port is Manhattan.

It has several pool areas, including an aqua park with a play area for young children. There's also a supervised program for children ages 3 to 17 called Splash Academy.

Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman AnneMarie Mathews declined to specify at which pool the children were found. She also declined to say whether the children signed into care at Splash Academy or were supervised by their family.

Except for Disney Cruise Line, pools aboard cruise ships usually are not watched by lifeguards and swimming is at the patron's own risk, though Norwegian ships have specific pools for children, said Andrew Coggins, a management professor at Pace University in New York City who studies the cruise industry.

"In any event, children are not supposed to be in the pool unattended," Coggins wrote in an email.

The death must be reported to the Coast Guard and the state where the vessel is registered, said Carol Finklehoffe, a Miami personal injury lawyer who represents cruise ship passengers and crew members. The family's legal rights are based in a provision of maritime law that limits damages resulting from an accidental death on the high seas primarily to the money the victim could earn, Finklehoffe said. For a 4-year-old, that's virtually nil, she said.If the 6-year-old survives, that child can seek compensation for pain and suffering, she said.

The ship is based in New York and was headed to Florida on an itinerary that then had it headed to the Bahamas, according to Norwegian's website. The ship was docked in Port Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday morning, port spokeswoman Rosalind Harvey confirmed.

When the ship launched in the spring of 2013, it was praised by industry experts such as Cruise Week editor Mike Driscoll, who called it "the best ship in the company's 47-year history."

Last October, a 6-year-old boy drowned in one of the pools aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship while at sea. The child was at the mid-ship pool area of the Carnival Victory with other family members on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise, the company said at the time.

The Miami-Dade Police Department investigated the drowning and identified the boy as Qwentyn Hunter of Winter Garden, Fla. The drowning appeared to be accidental and foul play was not suspected, police said.

"There have been multiple drownings on cruise ships in the recent past," said Finklehoff, who believes cruise ships should assign lifeguards to their pools. "They know that the pool deck is a very distracting area. They're selling drinks, there's activities going on, and people can be distracted. That includes parents watching children."


21 October 2014

Catholic Church Says No to Gays

Finally, the truth is out. No man is willing to change the law of God to suit his need and lust. Well, no Catholic man that is, which means millions of people by the last count.

That fact was clear after 200 Roman Catholic bishops, who have been discussing issues concerning the family at a special meeting known as a synod, took their final vote on a working document released on 20 October 2014.

That initial document authored by very few gay supporters tried to undermine the Church teachings and push for the acceptance of the immoral views espoused by lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBTs). Fortunately, the backstabbing attempt was discovered and when the final vote was counted, all of the bishops present voted to revise the final report and preserve the sanctity of the Church.

As a result of the vote, falsely-worded portions favouring the gays were revised. The section originally applauding the “precious support” sometimes found in same-sex unions was dropped, replaced by language simply saying that gays must be “welcomed with respect and delicacy.” On the topic of remarried Catholics, the final document largely expresses the need for further study on a solution.

When attempts to change God’s teachings were discovered, the more heroic bishops vocally criticized false wordings and statement, expressing concerns that it opened the door to an abandonment of Catholic teachings. For instance, U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke spoke forcefully against the document, arguing that the synod should hold the line on its core teachings and issue a strong statement in support of them.

The synod’s final document may not be binding at this time because it was meant to serve as a guide for a year-long debate to be held in parishes around the world, but it clearly shows the unflappable stand of the Church when it meets against on October 2015 in another synod in Rome on the family.

The vote also shows that any references to gays could be considered a repudiation of God’s teachings, which had stood unaltered for centuries against the heretical influence of LGBTs.


20 October 2014

DLSU Launched "Child-Friendly" Facilities

La Salle COSCA
Press release from De La Salle University

De La Salle University's Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), in cooperation with the local government of Manila, recently inaugurated "child friendly" facilities for the youth-at-risk and their families living in Manila's Barangay 704, Zone 77.

Launched last March 3, the initiative is aimed at providing services and amenities that respond to the basic rights and needs of children, particularly those from DLSU's partner communities. The new facilities include an academic tutorial or lecture room, a mini-library service, a day care center and playpen for children, and computer tutorial services.

Students and staff of DLSU along with barangay officials volunteered to rebuild the second and third floors of the barangay hall and convert the space into a classroom, a computer laboratory, and a mini-library.

Several community engagement projects were launched along with the opening of the facility. The first project is the Computer Literacy Project Supporting Child Friendly Skills Education Program for children between 9 to17 years old. Thirty children from the barangay are given basic computer lessons and are taught by DLSU students from the College of Computer Science every Saturday for a month.

Another project is the i-Teach: Supporting Child Friendly Values Education Program that is conducted for children between 5 to 7 years old. Members of the DLSU University Student Government and student volunteers of the College of Education hold day care type of activities, which are designed for values formation. Also held every Saturday, the class teaches 30 kids from the barangay.

One more ongoing project is the installation and maintenance of the community based mini-library for the benefit of all children below 17 years old. The mini-library contains books relevant to the subjects being taught to the kids. The book collection was organized in partnership with the DLSU Library. To make this project sustainable, regular training is being conducted to teach the people in the barangay on how to properly take care of the books and how to systematically monitor the books being borrowed.

Representatives of DLSU and the Manila local government graced the inauguration. DLSU President and Chancellor Br. Narciso Erguiza, Jr. FSC led them along with Atty. Analyn T. Marcelo-Buan from the Manila Barangay Bureau, and Barangay 704 Zone 77 Officer in-charge Digna Pascua.


19 October 2014

LGBTs Do Not Promote Inclusivity and Diversity

A principal who is an active gay rights activist has implemented her so-called ‘powers’ to suppress a planned activity to raise funds for the school’s booster club. Guess what is the activity all about? Selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches in school.

What in the world is wrong and so offensive about the plum juicy chicken breast tucked between two buttered buns that can ruffle the feathers of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT)?

If you think the LGBTs are here to promote inclusivity and diversity, then this latest move prove you wrong. What the principal of California’s Ventura High School just did shows that LGBTs are some of the least inclusive and diverse of all.

What did the waffle fries and banana pudding milkshakes do that offended the sensitivities of LGBTs deemed unacceptable by the federal government?

One thing is certain – principal Val Wyatt’s ban has less to do with poultry and more to do with politics.

"With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus,” Wyatt told the Ventura County Star.

It was a sentiment supported by Trudy Tuttle Ariaga, superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District.

"We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus, and all our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission,” Ariaga told CBS News in Los Angeles.

It appears that the school officials have very short term memory. We better remind them that the local Chick-fil-A franchise has a storied history of supporting the school district – to the tune of thousands of dollars – and owner Robert Shaffer had generously offered to give the booster club 200 meals for a “back-to-school” event on the planned date at which they expected to raise US$ 1,600 for the football team, the Ventura Star reported.

“That would have gone toward the football program, everything from uniforms to food for the boys,” booster club president Dan Swim told the Star. “We don’t charge money for the boys to play football.”

A few days before the back-to-school event, the principal broke the news to the booster club. She said her “main reason” for banning Chick-fil-A was because she did not want an outside organization to sell or advertise during the event.

"I work really hard to keep Ventura High School from being a marketplace for all kinds of vendors to come to the campus and reap profit,” she told the newspaper.

Well, dear. That’s a bit disingenuous. Chick-fil-A was not making a single penny. They were giving all the proceeds to the booster club. Just admit that the ‘main reason’ had more to do with Chick-fil-A’s opposition to gay rights.